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Inspire Aspire

Inspire Aspire is a national award that young people can achieve at gold, silver or bronze level. It can be run as part of either RME  or PSHD. Pupils pick a ‘hero’, such as a sports person or figure from religion or history, complete a poster about that person’s life and values and deliver an oral presentation based on their research. They also have to complete a reflection about their own lives and values.

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Rights Respecting Award

Primary and secondary schools across Scotland are beginning to engage with the processes of the ‘Rights Respecting School Award’ (RRSA).

This UNICEF initiative is being heavily promoted by the Scottish Government and fits well with the capacities inherent in Curriculum for Excellence and the current schools’ focus on issues such as Restorative Justice, Health and Wellbeing, and Citizenship. Based on the UN Charter of the Rights of the Child, it encourages schools to bring staff, pupils and community together to explore rights and responsibilities as well as to create core values and ethos for a school. It’s an ideal area for the involvement of chaplains, Religious Observance teams and churches. 

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Lifepath is an initiative to help Christians in local communities organise an event in which primary school pupils have the opportunity to explore the Christian faith through the ‘lifepath’ of a well known Christian from history with a link to their location. 

Lifepath presents the Christian story in a way that is curriculum linked, age appropriate and Bible-based, encouraging children and teachers to consider their own path through life.  Using stories of particular Christians in history, Lifepath offers a range of activities to engage the visiting school groups.

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Bible Alive

Bible Alive is a programme to teach children in P5-7 the storyline of the Bible in a series of interactive lessons using props, costumes, music, drama, storytelling, puppets and more.  It is flexible (people train to use Bible Alive and then develop their own programme) and the whole Bible is usually taught in schools in one hour lessons over 5-8 weeks.

A fixed aspect of Bible Alive is “Rhyme ‘n’ Sign”, a set of 10 rhyming couplets which summarise the story of the Bible, accompanied by British Sign Language signs.  There is also an activity book for pupils.

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